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The Rundown - January 24

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

First Read
# "Al Jazeera" has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from 10 years of Israel-Palestinian negotiations

Sunday Talk Shows
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski
# "The analysis of David Brooks and Mark Shields
# "Face The Nation" has Senator John McCain
# "Meet The Press" talks to House majority leader Eric Cantor

# Why did the latest nuclear talks with Iran fail?
# Ted Koppel on U.S.-Iran relations 30 years after the Iran Hostage Crisis
# "The Triumph Of Hacker Culture" - Ron Rosenbaum, "Slate"
# "Global Post" reports on rising prices in Iran

# Former ISI official Colonel Imam was reportedly killed
# Pamela Constable on Pakistan after the assassination of Salman Taseer
# Asif Ali Zardari will pay an official visit to the U.S. next month

# "Who benefits From Taliban Revisionism?" - Rachel Reid, "The Guardian"
# Two election observers discuss the Afghan elections and rule-of-law in the country
# The government is renewing its push against private security contractors
# "CNN" reports on opium culture in Afghanistan

# The Mayor of Moscow has closed a school for poor student performance
# "Davos Man and Khodorkovsky" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"

On Dictators
# "The Trouble With Dictators" - William Pfaff, "NY Review Of Books"
# "Dictatorships For Dummies, Tunisia Edition" - William J. Dobson, "The Washington Post"
# "Rule No.1 for Dictators: Don't Blink" - Alan Cowell, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "The Global Threat To Press Freedom" - Lee Bollinger, "Foreign Policy"
# "Reuters" reports on protests in Albania
# "Greeting Karimov" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "Lebanon Typifies Arab Political Poverty" - Rami Khouri, "Daily Star"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Stuart Levey, the U.S. point man on sanctions, will leave the Treasury Department
# "The Egypt-Colombia Dichotomy" - Robert Kagan, "The Washington Post"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# Kenneth Roth on human rights in China

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